PHOENIX

PHOENIX
One of the most highly regarded mythical beasts in folklore, the phoenix has been spoken of in many cultures as one of the most powerful, transformational teachers.⠀
This bird-like creature is often depicted to look like a hybrid of an eagle and a peacock, with flame-like plumage (representative of the sun’s powerful energy), and as a storyteller of the transformational qualities of fire.⠀
There are many versions of the story of how the phoenix is known for its ability to rebirth itself, and⠀the common thread is that this creature first surrenders the physical to the spiritual, and in turn,⠀rises again in the physical world, renewed. This is a powerful message to us, in that he teaches us⠀acceptance of our reality, but not allowing ourselves to give up; that we can rise from the darkness⠀
and bring the light once again. We can learn a valuable lesson from their teaching of not fearing the⠀darkness and instead treating it as a part of a sacred process.⠀
The phoenix builds itself a nest when the end is near, retreats into himself, claps his wings together and bursts into flames, only to rise again - a renewed, younger, lighter, and more powerful version⠀
of himself. We can find a deeply profound message here of self acknowledgement, reinvention, and⠀creation. The phoenix also reminds us to have a deep awareness of when a cycle comes to an end; to⠀
honour it, treat it with an almost ceremonial manner, and to understand that it isn’t actually the end,⠀but rather the marking of a beginning of something new, and much more beautiful and powerful.⠀
We can learn that fearing endings and change is actually going against our own better judgement,⠀and that we have the power to believe in our ability to rise from the ashes of what has burnt down⠀around us.
The phoenix reminds us to call upon our inner strength and power to be able to make the⠀conscious decision to close one chapter and move relentlessly forward into the next.
From Animal Kin Oracle deck - copyright Hayhouse + Sarah Wilder

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